Platform for Tans Adriatic cooperation in Innovation
The goal of PACiNNO is to establish a platform for cooperation in research and innovation covering the whole Adriatic region. Targeting both research institutions, policy makers and business entities, the project will help develop new bridges between the research and scientific activities, carried out at academic institutions, and the economic system, with specific reference to the technological needs of SMEs.
So far the project has totally exceeded the initial expectations, which were indeed reasonably high. We believe this is the result of the joint work done by a united and high committed community of young researchers sharing an international mindset and common values. We were extremely lucky in putting together such a great team, because almost all of them started working together just at the beginning of PACINNO project, without knowing each other before. Success factors: close collaboration with firms (take and give approach); “shedding light” on innovation-related data for many Adriatic Countries using a recognized standard for data collection (EU CIS survey-style); providing managerial education to researchers; accelerating start-up firms by providing them managerial education; high commitment among all project partners; limited number of partners (8 partners); many live meeting increasing the commitment to the projects. Weak factors: missing and poor quality data from some Countries, problematic administrative procedures for purchasing; delays in payments and reimbursement (several months!) actually limiting the contribution of some partners.
Methodology: differently from other projects we combine a multitude of methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative. The most important point is, however, the surrounding philosophy of the project that is a “take and give” one. For example, we collect many data and information from companies combining multiple methodologies (take) but in return we provide companies with financial and competitive reports, company presentation, strategic coaching sessions reserved to top managers (give). This philosophy has been highly appreciated by firms as demonstrated by the fact that the project has collected results exceeding even 4-5 times the initial targets. Governance structure: distributed governance for operative WPs (each partner leads a WP and is supported by a project co-leader with “control” functions); strong and directive governance related to WP1 (project management). Results/services created: dataset and innovation maps related to the Adriatic areas (not existing); dataset related to innovation processes in Adriatic firms (from these datasets, Pacinno researchers have already started to collaborate with the aim to produce cross-Adriatic studies); comparison of innovation policies (activity still on-going) and definition of best practices to be shared; “MBA” program dedicated to researchers: teaching researchers how to organize, manage and lead teams, how to strategize, how to manage financial resources, etc. The success of the program pushed the partnership to ask to the Managing Authority for the permission to replicate it.